March 31, 2002
The flowers left thick at nightfall
in the wood / This Eastertide call into mind the men / Now far from home.
demands a religious treatment. We talk of choosing our friends, but friends are self-elected. Reverence is a great part of
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
March 29, 2002
O the chimneys / On the ingeniously devised habitations of death / When Israel’s
body drifted as smoke / Through the air—
March 28, 2002
This is my commandment, that ye
love one another.
March 27, 2002
Less is more.
—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
March 26, 2002
nothing. Learn to contemplate. / Contemplate glory. There will be a light. / Contemplate Truth until it burns your eyes out.
March 25, 2002
a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for
the writer to worry is to take over God’s business.
pleasureless ye die. / Within a little time must ye go by. / Stretch forth your open hands, and while ye live / Take all the
gifts that Death and Life may give!
March 23, 2002
We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
March 22, 2002
in the history of words there is much that indicates the history of men, and in comparing the speech of to-day with that of
years ago, we have a useful illustration of the effect of external influences on the very words of a race.
March 21, 2002
until just before dawn do people sleep best; not until people get old do they become wise.
March 20, 2002
is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul.
In these days,
it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.
March 18, 2002
is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice
and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people’s safety
March 17, 2002
Not in vain is Ireland pouring itself all over the earth. Divine
Providence has a mission for her children to fulfill; though a mission unrecognized by political economists. The Irish, with
their glowing hearts and reverent credulity, are needed in this cold age of intellect and skepticism.
March 16, 2002
the Union of the States be cherished and perpetuated. Let the open enemy to it be regarded as a Pandora with her box opened;
and the disguised one, as the Serpent creeping with his deadly wiles into paradise.
many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
March 14, 2002
pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise King born of all England.
March 13, 2002
said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.
March 12, 2002
only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at
the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn.
the name of Creator but God and the poet.
March 10, 2002
Honest poverty lives happily; ill
gotten wealth worries.
March 9, 2002
Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are
busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
March 8, 2002
The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal
as a list of the hundred best books.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes,Jr.
March 7, 2002
Men are generally more careful of
the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
March 6, 2002
The marble not yet carved
can hold the form Of every thought the greatest artist has.
Freedom is always
and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.
Show me a good
loser and I will show you a loser.
March 3, 2002
Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves Repose and
March 2, 2002
People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this,—that reform consists
in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.
—John Jay Chapman
If we see light at the
end of the tunnel, / It’s the light of the oncoming train.